The Other Collection: Homage to Hildy and Ernst Beyeler
Switzerland's Galerie Beyeler, the precursor to today's renowned Beyeler Foundation, had its beginnings 60 years ago. Since that time, approximately 16,000 artworks--including paintings, sculptures and works on paper, but not including prints and editions--have passed through Bäumleingasse 9, the Basel address where Ernst and Hildy Beyeler first took over an antiquarian bookstore in 1945, converting it into a gallery in 1947. From this overwhelming number of works to have been touched by the Beyelers' hands, an exemplary selection of masterworks--which have long since found their way into the great public and private collections of the world--can finally be seen together, making it possible to experience the immaculate vision of this historically important couple over the past six decades. Among the highlights are splendid works by Braque, Bonnard, Cézanne, Dubuffet, Gauguin, Giacometti, van Gogh, Gris, Kandinsky, Klee, Léger, Miró, Mondrian, Monet and Picasso. This volume pays homage to the Beyelers' life's work and presents a visual portrait of two brilliant art dealers who provided a place for vivid encounters with art.